1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
It's the best vacation we had so far, our family really enjoyed the whole trip. wonderful food, enough entertainment for all the age groups, real professional staff are in store for all. My kids are ready to take one more cruise ... Read More
It's the best vacation we had so far, our family really enjoyed the whole trip. wonderful food, enough entertainment for all the age groups, real professional staff are in store for all. My kids are ready to take one more cruise immediately. Our time is well spent for three days, age groups wise programs in circle-C are very good. we had a family golf for the first time on the top deck, it's a pleasant time on the sea. I would suggest every one to take the cruise at least once to get the wonderful experience. Improvement opportunity is to add more Indian/Veg food and make the photographs a bit reasonable for every one to buy more. Shoreline excursion is a bit disappointment, we could not get the expected experience at La bufadora, geyser height is very less and the flea market is boring and not at all interested with the low quality products. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
Took the Dec. 24 Cruise on the Carnival Imagination to Catalina and Baja Mexico. Had a miserable time. The Ship-- is old. Art from the 1990's that looks straight out of the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire. The ship is decorated like one of ... Read More
Took the Dec. 24 Cruise on the Carnival Imagination to Catalina and Baja Mexico. Had a miserable time. The Ship-- is old. Art from the 1990's that looks straight out of the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire. The ship is decorated like one of Trump's casinos from the 90's. The deck numbering system uses both letters and number for the same deck - so expect a lot of confusion The Cabin - had mold in the shower. Master light switch is strategically located by the headboard so expect the lights to come on a couple of times a night. The Food- aspires to be golden corral quality. The formal dinner was horrible. Think TV dinner or airplane food. Guys Burger joint serves grease with burgers attached. The Blue Iguana serves flavored meat(?) that you make your own taco or burrito with. They tell you the pizza pirate is open 24 hours, but the staff is always in the back making pizzas. The buffet was also not great. Thank God for the soft serve! We did the drink package and figured out on day 2 that you have to go to a bar to have them pop open a soda and pour it in a glass for you. You can only get a can if you order from room service. The excursions-On Catalina we did the tour of the botanical gardens and the semi submersible. Loved both of them. It was also great to get real food ! In Mexico we did the off road dune buggy, which is essentially driving in wine country in ATVS, on the dirt roads. Still we had fun - but don't think there will be any Dukes of Hazard stuff here. The entertainment- all started at 8. We are from central time - so if your programming runs from 8-2 plan on us not being there. ALSO - The music was so loud that we heard it in our cabin on R deck. It will keep you up. I should also mention that we thought there would be a lot more Christmas activities. Most of them were stacked on the day at sea. We did one of the trivia contests, but had to sit in the smoking section of the bar. We found ourselves in our cabin watching Kong Skull Island and Batman Lego movie repeatedly and not because we wanted to. A great example of what we encountered happened on the morning of the Catalina excursion. We did not know where to go to disembark so we went to guest services. We got in the Faster to Fun line because we had paid for it. A person was at the regular line who for some reason needed guest services to fix his laptop. After being told we needed to get in the regular line, I noticed a guest services person leaving. I asked her what I thought was a simple question. Where to we go for the excursion. She responded "It's on your ticket." It wasn't So I got back in line and waited another 10 minutes to talk to the same person (who had returned the desk) and was told "It's on your ticket." I asked where on the ticket and the woman rolled her eyes and told me what deck to go to. So if you are considering this cruise- pass. If you are considering this cruise to make your holiday special - really pass. This was our first and most probably last cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I'm not sure where all the bad reviews come from, but Carnival ROCKS! Their staff is en pointe! They anticipated my every need. I traveled alone and every staff member I encountered made sure I felt special. The food was fabulous! The ... Read More
I'm not sure where all the bad reviews come from, but Carnival ROCKS! Their staff is en pointe! They anticipated my every need. I traveled alone and every staff member I encountered made sure I felt special. The food was fabulous! The buffet does shut down just before lunch, to turn it over, so be aware. Each buffet has a theme, such as American, French, Italian. They don't run out of food either. It was so pleasant to take a plate and find a seat outside to enjoy the ocean view for a leisurely brunch. The main dining room is mouth watering! Just the right amount of choices for your 3 course dinner. And feel free to get one of everything if you want. I didn't have dinner reservations and only had to wait about 10 mins for a table on the last night (due to my timing)The spa staff exceptional! Make sure you get the manager special from the spa tour on Embarkation day. Worth every penny. The Elemis products are top notch. The only down side is that the jogging track is right above the spa treatment rooms, and you can hear people running. But, its not intolerable. OH, and you can get a spa robe to use in your cabin, like to wear to and from the pool/jacuzzi. So be sure to ask for one. Can I possibly put any more '!!' in this review? The ship was nice and clean. The decor is a little Vegasy, and a wee bit dated. They did deck it out for Christmas, which I hadn't anticipated. And the Christmas decor was pretty. There are easy to read maps at every elevator and most stairwells, so its hard to get lost. This was my 1st cruise and I'm ever so glad I went. Lots of fun stuff to do, from shows, to bingo to trivia games. Tons of raffles to enter, chances to win prizes. The Fun shops are pretty well stocked with Carnival shirts and keychains. There are even some toys for the kids. The jewelry shop is popular. Very sparkly. Make sure to go on the 1st day and enter all the raffles. I'm not convinced the prices are all they promise, but you can say you got your watch on the ship, right? The casino is a nice size and offers slots and table games. They allow smoking in the Casino, but to be honest, the smoke is very well filtered. It was no worse than any large Vegas casino room. I didn't gamble, but know it's only available while at sea (laws, I guess) Bingo is a hoot! Its very interactive. The Yahtzee and Hasbro games for the kiddies are very entertaining. I dare you not to smile! I enjoyed the live shows too. Very generic and family friendly. Songs you know and costumes that don't make you blush. There is a PG and R rated comedy show. I only went to the PG show and it did make me laugh. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Carnival really tries to keep the lines to a minimum. The tender to Catalina is very quick. They run at least 2 boats back and forth so you can expect to wait no more than about 15 minutes. Coming back took about 45 mins all told. Go on the Undersea Boat tour on Catalina. I loved seeing all the fish! Also rented a Golf cart and toured the island. You can do the whole route in an hour, so don't spend extra on that. Shopping is a little lacking , but I still managed to stop in just about every single store. Mostly typical tourist kitch, like Tshirts and magnets. Prices are normal, too. I really cant find anything good to say about Ensenada, unfortunately. There is a small pavillion right on the dock, so you can jump off the ship, buy a doodad, and get right back on (like I did). The view from the dock is lacking and to be honest, only after dark was the view worthy of even a picture. Carnival does a nice Disembarking presentation, so if its your 1st cruise, you don't want to miss it. Lots of good information and it really made leaving much easier. Took about an hour to get off the ship. OH and the Carnival bus to and from the airport is a must! So stress free! No traffic, no hassle, no parking, no worries. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
booked as part of a family event. The ship was nicely appointed. The staff was amazing, food was epic. The dining room staff and food were as good as expected. By the 2nd night, they all knew our names and what we drank. They ... Read More
booked as part of a family event. The ship was nicely appointed. The staff was amazing, food was epic. The dining room staff and food were as good as expected. By the 2nd night, they all knew our names and what we drank. They were joyful. The fitness classes were great. I thing for the money, this was a good time. I was seeking an unplug couple of days and this experience fit the bill. My cabin was an ocean view on Deck 7. E111 Only thing i didn't think of was that it was an adjoining room w/ a door to the next door. No sound was muffled. i could hear them clearing their throat, chatting like they were in my room. (lord knows what they heard from my side!!) But the room selection was on me, i would not blame the ship for that. Over all, I enjoyed my time w/ this team. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
My experience on Carnival Imagination, Vacation from hell: My wife and three children two which have autism sailed on our first family cruise together on this ship. Child care was reported excellent and our special needs children were ... Read More
My experience on Carnival Imagination, Vacation from hell: My wife and three children two which have autism sailed on our first family cruise together on this ship. Child care was reported excellent and our special needs children were supposed to be cared for... wrong. One night after I dropped my 10 year old autistic son off I found him 30 minutes later wondering the upper decks, luckily he didn't come to any harm. When I took him back they didn't even know he was missing!!!! Even though there were 5 workers present and no calls made. The next night my older artistic son was dropped off in circle c again with instructions to call me for any problems. I found him walking into a show that was being performed. I kept him for an hour to see if they noticed him missing.... this time they did and instead of calling me they had my 12 year old daughter and some other passengers children roaming the shop looking for him. Myself and my wife obviously had no rest on this "hell" vacation and they endangered my children. When asked for resolution for this horrible and stressful experience they offered $200. I guess Carnival Cruise lines values disabled autistic children at $100 each. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We had heard all of the horror stories about Carnival and in truth we experienced none of it. This was a first "tester" cruise for our family and we already have our next booked since it was an enjoyable experience. Arriving to ... Read More
We had heard all of the horror stories about Carnival and in truth we experienced none of it. This was a first "tester" cruise for our family and we already have our next booked since it was an enjoyable experience. Arriving to the ship was easy. The parking garage is spacious and the embarkment was quick and painless. Our bags were in the room before the time they said they would be and no mix ups. Our room was clean and we had plenty of room for luggage and to hang clothes.I am an over packer so this was a great advantage for us all. Our steward was great and he made point to learn our names and what time of day we each left the room. They helped with our elf on the shelf, which was greatly appreciated! The towel animals each day were cute and funny. Our son looked forward them to daily. The staff was great and very kind. They make sure to call you by name and to learn what it is you like. Example I prefer Malibu rum and my husband is a Stella kind of guy - they learned it and always asked if we would prefer our "drinks" per usual. To some that might not mean much, but to us it was great. Alex is cruise director is awesome! We can not say enough great things about him! Great find with that one. Our excursion in Catalina was canceled due to others not picking that one,but we wound up having a great time after renting a golf cart and exploring the island. In Ensenada we did the LaBufadora experience with Val. A great time again. The entertainment was good and family friendly. The kids club is a nice touch for parents and kids alike. The food was plentiful and appetizing. Leaving the ship was just as easy as getting on. We enjoyed ourselves and thank each crew member of the Imagination for a great time. As mentioned, we had such a great time that we have booked another cruise for later this year. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We had Faster to the Fun on this trip. Was totally worth paying extra for. Embarkation was super quick and we got right on the ship. Our cabin was on the Upper deck #110 inside cabin. It was a super small room so I had them keep the ... Read More
We had Faster to the Fun on this trip. Was totally worth paying extra for. Embarkation was super quick and we got right on the ship. Our cabin was on the Upper deck #110 inside cabin. It was a super small room so I had them keep the beds apart and the trundle bed for our daughter was in the middle so we had about a 2 ft space to walk in. Dining was AMAZING! The first thing we tried was Guys Burger Joint. I highly recommend The Ringer. It had a brown sugar bourbon sauce that was to die for!! I had it everyday! We sat in the Pride dining room at the early seating. We were sat with a family of four from Texas and a mother and daughter from Fullerton (we only saw them once). Our servers were awesome, Ida, Panipak and Frederico were quick with our service and always had a kids menu available for my daughter. We didn't see any of the shows but did go to a couple of trivia's with Kyle and also did the Creativity activity with him as well. He was awesome! We also participated in the Dr. Seuss parade and story time. The CD read Horton Hear a Who and I had never read that book before so it was a great time. Service was great throughout the whole ship. I will say the girls from the Art auction were really pushy. We had to tell them no multiple times. It got annoying quick. I didn't care for the CD Alex, he came off to me as trying a little too hard. No everyone's personalities click so I'm not chalking it up to effecting my cruise. Catalina was awesome. We went Parasailing, didn't book through the cruise because it was way cheaper to go through an outside company. Ensenada we stayed near the ship. I was not comfortable taking my daughter into the city. Overall it was a great experience, I have done this cruise 5 times now and it never gets old! Can't wait to do it again soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Imagination Review We just got off Imagination on Thanksgiving. It was a great little 4 day cruise. We are in our mid 50’s early 60’s. Embarkation was easy, even when I left my passport on my luggage and the luggage had ... Read More
Imagination Review We just got off Imagination on Thanksgiving. It was a great little 4 day cruise. We are in our mid 50’s early 60’s. Embarkation was easy, even when I left my passport on my luggage and the luggage had to be tracked down in order for me to even board the ship. We were coming from colder Denver and I put my jacket with my passport in my luggage….such an ameture move. Carnival was on it, and made me feel relieved that I would be getting on the ship, but it would be a few hours later. My heart sank, because we came on an earlier flight to enjoy being on board earlier...that didn’t seem it was going to happen. Long story short, I only had to wait an additional hour, and we were having lunch on the Lido deck. It was so easy to board with my luggage, I would probably do that vs. giving it up at the curb, again. Lunch was nice, good fish, which I wanted most of. It was Italian fare. We had the Cheers package, so we got drinks and explored the ship, top to bottom. We had any time dining, in the Pride dining room. We ordered the Mahi, and it was terribly overcooked. The apps were good, but main course was not. We do dine out in Denver and are “foodies” and were pretty disappointed with the entree. Catalina Breakfast was the same breakfast fare, loved having the fruit and the omelet station. We found the back outside of the lido deck above the Serenity lounge was peaceful and a lovely place to have breakfast. We had every buffet meal there. We brought cheap dollar store coffee mugs, and that was a plus, as the cups are small for us, with the amount of coffee we consume. Tendering was long lines to get off, but they tried to keep the lines moving, we waited about half an hour in line to tender. We just walked around Catalina, along the boardwalk all the way to the Casino. This night was elegant night, it was a long wait for the dining room, Pride. The food again was not fabulous, and lots of tables needed bussing that weren’t. I wonder what the Spirit dining room was like. I found the food to be better and fresher on the Lido deck. Always opted for the fish and it was always better on the Lido. We do vape, not smoke, and we found that above the Lido deck was the only place we could vape. This area was noisy most of the time, so it would have been nice to have a quite place, but this was not make or break for us. The server, Ali, was always around to refill our drinks. Ensenada Walked around first on the boardwalk. I had been shopping in Mexico before, so didn’t need anymore stuff. Loved seeing the seals barking, the fish market was really interesting to see, and I loved the fountain with the music by the flag. The flag wasn’t up, as they were working on the flag pole. This night we noticed that most of the items in the dining room were at the Lido deck, so we opted casual this evening. Sea Day We played many or the games on board, walked around enjoying that….it was relaxing. Won 40.00 in the casino, although I was down 60.00 altogether. We got great use out of our Cheers package. I don’t know if I would purchase it on a 7 day. In the main dining room, I had the seafood penne, the calamari, shrimp and mussels was were good, but the salmon on top was inedible. Had the chocolate melting cake, that everyone raved about and it was good. We caught the Epic Rock show and it was pretty good. My boyfriend is in the entertainment business, and he was even impressed. One of the better shows I have seen on a cruise ship. Music Most of the music was enjoyable, except for the DJ on the Lido Deck, loud for me, but people were having a good time dancing. The singers were very enjoyable, typically a guitar and soloist, but all were quite talented and chose great music to share. The PAX It was like the United Nations, loved that, all kinds of people, lots of 20 somethings, at times rowdy, but kind and having a good time. Many would come up and just ask us how we were doing, spreading their cheer. It was a nice group of people! The Crew Never was wanting or waiting for a drink, everyone was friendly and professional...addressed by name most of the time, that amazed me actually! All in all this is a great value for a get-a-way cruise. Read Less
Carnival Imagination Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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